You are invited to attend a course my friend Dr. Mark Eckel will be teaching this summer called “Christian Thought.” Your participation would be invaluable given your vocational pursuits. Your voice will speak to specific concerns for our day. Your interest in continuing to grow as a Christian cultural apologist will add a unique dynamic to the class.
“Christian Thought.” I want to personally invite you to sign up for a course Mark Eckel, ThM PhD, is teaching at the Indianapolis Theological Seminary this summer. The course runs every Monday evening in June and July from 7 – 10 p.m. at Castleview Church on 86th St. The cost to audit is $135, for credit $270 (+ app fee). Below find the ITS course description and Mark’s rationale for the course.
Mark is working on the syllabus now. Questions? Comments? Want to meet to with him to discuss? Let me know. 🙂
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COURSE DESCRIPTION A critical application of the Christian worldview in the context of a diverse survey of philosophical and cultural trends. Focus will be on the application of Christian discernment within all arenas of intellectual pursuit.
COURSE RATIONALE Human reason is God-given. In a fallen world, however, revelation must rule reason. The Living Word – Jesus – and the written Word – Scripture – establish both revelatory foundation and permeation for regenerative Christian thinking.
The Christian thinker is responsible for right thinking-being-living (2 Kings 23:25; Proverbs 4:20-23; Ezra 7:10; Matthew 22:37; 1 Timothy 4:16),
A mindset that is directed by The Holy Spirit (Romans 8:5-9; Galatians 5:16-25; 2 Timothy 1:14).
Scripture clearly teaches thinking is a multifaceted, though imperative, matter necessitating care in complexity (Proverbs 26:4-5; Mark 9:38-41; Romans 12:18),
Clarity in judgment (1 Timothy 6:3-5; 2 Timothy 2:14-19), and charity in disagreement (Proverbs 18:17-19; Acts 15; 2 Timothy 2:22-26; James 3:17-18).
A Christian thinker, then, must be Scripturally, theologically, historically, and culturally literate in order to translate transcendence to relevance, applying Heaven’s principles to earthly practice.
Books we will use:
Augustine, On Christian Teaching. Translated by R.P.H. Green. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 2008. (ISBN 9780199540631).
Kenny, Anthony. An Illustrated Brief History of Western Philosophy. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2006. (ISBN 9781405141796)
Sproul, R.C. The Consequences of Ideas. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2009. (ISBN9781433503146)
His Peace to you,
Mark Eckel, ThM PhD
Associate Faculty: IUPUI, IWU, ITS, LBC
The Comenius Institute 501(c)(3) President
Hoosier Writing Project Teacher-Consultant
YouTube: Comenius YouTube
Linked In: Mark Eckel
Resides: Fishers, IN
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